Global Challenge internship scheme

The Global Challenge programme offers students the opportunity, funding and training to spend a summer as an intern in a global company.

Due to restrictions in place in relation to COVID-19, Global Challenge will unfortunately not be offered for the 2020-21 academic year. The information stated on this page should only be used for reference purposes and to provide more information about previous offerings through the programme.  

Open to current undergraduate students of all years, including finalists, the programme offers exclusive internship opportunities only for University of Birmingham students.

The below sections will provide you with all the information you need about the programme and details on the opportunities currently available. If you have any questions about the programme please don't hesitate to contact Harjinder Kundra by emailing

What does the Global Challenge programme offer?

The Global Challenge programme will give ambitious students the opportunity, funding and training to spend a summer as an intern in a global company. We are offering:

  • Opportunities during the summer vacation, sourced by the University exclusively for University of Birmingham students
  • Bursaries to support in covering some or all of the costs associated with the experience (such as flights, accommodation, visa and living expenses) 
  • Pre-departure training and information from the University's International Office to prepare you for overseas work experience

The aim of the programme is to allow students the opportunity to:

  • gain real life industry level work experience
  • develop their cultural awareness by experiencing business operations in a different part of the world
  • develop key skills to support in increasing their employability levels
  • raise awareness of the range of global work opportunities available

List of internships for summer 2020 - currently closed

Below are the internship opportunities that were available for summer 2020. Please note that all of these internships have now closed. 

Click on the job title to open the job description with full details about the role, responsibilities and requirements .

A direct link to make an application can be found under the 'How to apply' section of each job description.

Case studies of previous Global Challenge candidates

Find out what previous Global Challenge interns thought about their experiences in the following case studies:

Read more Global Challenge student experiences

Application guidance and templates

If you are considering applying for a Global Challenge opportunity, you are encouraged to consult the guidance below.

Please note that closing dates for opportunities can differ, so refer to the relevant job description for the closing date of the internship you are interested in.

Advance preparations

Thinking of applying for a Global Challenge internship? Why not start to learn a language that would be helpful for an internship now?

The University is running 10 week language taster sessions starting in January; further details available at Languages for All.

Would you like to find out more about working abroad? Target Jobs provides a huge amount of information about working in a vast range of countries.

Visas for internships

You may need a visa in order to undertake any of the internships and you will need to research this. If you are asked to attend an interview you will be asked about whether you require a visa so we recommend you research this now. You may find the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website useful. If you are a non-UK applicant, you should refer to your own foreign office website for information on visa requirements.

Feedback from employers

"Celia fitted in seamlessly from the moment she arrived! She was extremely dependable in terms of delivering work, making deadlines as well as attendance. She was extremely motivated, positive and enthusiastic throughout her internship, and was obviously enjoying her stay with us and keen to extract as much as possible out of the experience. Celia was an absolute pleasure to have here at the Museum!" Dr Moya McFadzean, Senior Curator Migration & Cultural Diversity, Melbourne

"Everything was fantastic here with Simeon and Harriet!! They were very pro-active, curious and friendly. We were pleased to have them here." Diego Bernasconi, POC Manager Procurement – Buenos Aires

Feedback from students

"I felt very proud as I could see in some areas I had brought a completely new perspective on some issues which will help them in the future. This internship has showed me that there are many positions available for graduates in different countries and that employers are happy to consider hiring someone from abroad because of the fresh new perspective that they could bring as well as different skills too." - Ayesha Harris, European Politics, Society and Economics with an International study year, Microfinance Intern with Opportunity International.

"I am very sad to leave Chicago, it has been such an amazing experience and I have learnt so much that I can now take forward and apply to future job roles. I have undoubtedly added to both my professional and personal development and I feel well equipped to navigate the often difficult world of the graduate job search." - Sophia Wootton, International Relations and Spanish, intern with the British Consulate in Chicago.


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